Advanced Spine Institute


There may come a time when your back pain reduces the quality of your life. Everyday activities, such as walking, shopping or housework, can become difficult or unbearable. Taking part in favorite hobbies, such as golf or bowling, may be a thing of the past because conservative measures like diet, exercise and medications no longer provide pain relief. If this describes your situation and you want relief from chronic back and neck pain, take the first step today.

Benefits of Spine Surgery at the Advanced Spine Institute:

  • Minimally invasive and laser spine procedures
  • Small incisions
  • Faster Recovery
  • Fellowship-trained spine surgeons
  • 3D imaging during the procedure for pinpoint precision
  • Customized procedures
  • Nurse navigators to guide you through process
  • America's 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery (2014-2016) right here in San Diego—no need to travel out of state

At the Advanced Spine Institute at Alvarado Hospital, our surgeons use the latest advances in minimally invasive spine surgery to ensure the best outcomes and less recovery time. If you want want relief from chronic neck and back pain, take the first step toward your new life and contact us. No need to travel out of state with the most advanced minimally invasive procedures, including laser surgery, is offered in San Diego.

Conditions Treated

Our spine specialists treat a variety of back and neck conditions, including:

  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Herniated Disc
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Radiculopathy
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Many other conditions

Common Spine Surgery Procedures

We also offer non-surgical treatments for the spine.

Why Choose the Advanced Spine Institute

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Based on the Marshall Steele program, nationally renowned for superior outcomes in spine surgery, Alvarado Hospital's spine care is among the best in the nation. Not only are we among America's 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery, but we are in the top 5% in the nation for clincal care as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and a Patient Safety Excellence. Don't just take our word for it, read the benefit to patients of these hospitals.

Alvarado Hospital has brought together the region's top spine surgeons and combined their surgical expertise with a beautiful recovery unit featuring San Diego’s landscapes and landmarks, which is based on healing design.

Our Personal Approach

We have created a unique program that brings together a team of experienced and skilled surgeons with specially trained nurses, therapists and technicians. Our goal is to provide seamless, coordinated care, and get you back to your favorite activities as soon as possible.

We offer an outcome-driven program to maximize your recovery and get you back to enjoying your life. Our innovative program results in superior outcomes through a unique combination of wellness-focused strategies, including:

  • Healing San Diego landscape and landmarks recovery unit to enhance recovery
  • Comprehensive patient and family education pre- and post-surgery
  • Early mobility
  • Family-focused environment, including family participation in coaching, therapy, meals and other activities
  • Patients wear comfortable clothes from home—no hospital gowns for you!
  • All private rooms and bathrooms
  • Marshall Steele-based programs have superior outcomes and high patient satisfaction

While your hospital stay will be short, we have created a unit focused only on joint and spine surgery patients—in a healing environment to enhance recovery. No hospital gowns for this crowd. You get to wear your own clothes from home! Family members, including a loved one you identify as your “coach,” are encouraged to participate in group activities, meals and other special events on the unit.

Exercise and therapy are provided in a group setting, so that our patients can support and encourage each other on the road to recovery. Our staff is hand-picked for their positive attitudes, motivational skills, and their desire to provide outstanding service. In addition, they have been specially trained to provide comprehensive clinical care for patients undergoing this important surgery.

Spine Procedures Offered

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Education

We believe the key to better outcomes is a commitment to provide you with a thorough understanding and knowledge of what to expect during your surgical experience. Knowing what to expect each step of the way goes a long way to reducing stress and anxiety, and prepares you for as smooth a recovery as possible.

The information you receive prior to and after your surgery includes:

  • Engaging community outreach seminars
  • An informative pre-op class for patients and family
  • A patient guidebook
  • Daily newsletters and other educational materials while in the hospital
  • Post-op follow-up and patient reunions
  • Dedicated care coordinators

​We have a dedicated care coordinator to ensure you are guided through every step of this process. We hold frequent seminars on the most common causes and the latest treatment options for shoulder, knee and hip pain. You’ll learn the top things you can do for arthritis, as well as information on the newest medications and diet and exercise tips.

Contact Us

Visit our website for more details about the national recognition of our patient safety and high-quality care, as well as to take an online video tour of the unit. We are happy to answer your questions. Our spine care coordinators can be reached at (619) 229-4548 or e-mail us during business hours. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (800) ALVARADO (800) 258-2723.

Physician Referral

Advanced Joint Institute

Alvarado's Physician Referral Service can help you find an orthopedic specialist who meets your needs. To see a list of orthopedists who are part of the Advanced Spine & Joint Institute Marshall Steele program, click here. You also can call (800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723) for a customer service rep who can assist you or our care coordinator (619) 229-4548 or e-mail.

Alvarado Advantage Club

Alvarado Advantage Club

Join our free Alvarado Advantage Club and take advantage of some extra benefits, such as priority parking and private room (when available), 10% discount at the Alvarado Cafe and Gift Shop, 10% discount at the Alvarado Medical Plaza Pharmacy, in-room newspaper delivery if hospitalized, discount at partner hotels, first notice of special events and lectures, and much more! For more information and to register, call (800) 258-2723 or click here.

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